Life Changing


Based in Adelaide, South Australia

The Australian Chiropractic College is proud to deliver cutting-edge curriculum in a caring and vibrant environment.

Our Graduates & Program Structure

Our Graduates

Our students and graduates will:

  • Graduate practice-ready with hands on clinical and business experience
  • Emerge as ambassadors of Chiropractic, versed in traditional principles, contemporary science and research
  • Become leaders and representatives of the Chiropractic industry
  • Contribute to global health and the health and well-being of their community
  • Have a keen focus on public safety as a priority
  • Embrace life-long learning and professional development

Our Programs:

  • Diploma of Health Science
  • Bachelor of Chiropractic

The ACC is proud to be the first, and only provider approved to deliver the Bachelor of Chiropractic (Course Cricos Code 107411C) in South Australia.

To achieve the Bachelor of Chiropractic, students must study a five-year program.

This consists of:

· Level 1 : a one year full time (or two year part-time) Diploma of Health Sciences delivered at the ACC.

· Level’s 2-5 : followed by the four year full time (or up to eight year part-time) Bachelor of Chiropractic program, including an internship in the last two years in the Chiropractic Centre.

These can be studied concurrently at the College for face to face students.

Delivery Modes:

Diploma of Health Science – Level 1:

Domestic students undertaking the Diploma of Health Science, can choose to study face to face on the campus, or, use a blended study model. International students, must undertake their studies face to face.

Face to face study is done at the ACC campus based in Adelaide, where you attend your lectures and tutorials; and have the benefit of being a part of the larger ACC student body undertaking their Bachelor of Chiropractic studies.

Blended study requires students to attend lectures and tutorials online at the same time as the face to face students, with twice a semester, students required to attend a number of days face to face on campus in either Adelaide, or a nominated Melbourne venue. Upon successful completion of all units students graduate with the Diploma, and would be able to enter directly into the ACC Bachelor of Chiropractic.

Bachelor of Chiropractic – Level 2 – 5:

All students studying the Bachelor of Chiropractic must attend the Adelaide campus to undertake face to face lectures, tutorials, and practical sessions, with some online classes and also engage in Work Integrated Learning (WIL).

This multi-layered mode of study allows students to experience varied environments to reflect the range of experiences Chiropractors encounter in practice.

Indicative Student Numbers:

Since commencing delivery in Semester 1 2020, the Australian Chiropractic College intakes have increased in size, and the student cohort has increased with each additional year of the program being delivered. The College expects the indicative student number to be approximately 70 students enrolled in the Diploma, and 230 students enrolled in the Bachelor once a full cohort of students are enrolled in each year of the program.


The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA)  is Australia’s independent national quality assurance and regulatory agency for higher education.

The ACC is an approved Institute of Higher Education with TEQSA and our Provider ID is PRV14283. TEQSA has a national register of providers.

Level 1 : Diploma of Health Science (Face to Face or, Blended Online Study)

The ACC Diploma of Health Science (Level 1), is designed to prepare and equip students with the health science foundation study that will be required to move forward into their Bachelor of Chiropractic. Covering core areas such as anatomy and physiology, through to biochemistry, microbiology and biophysics; it is rounded out with an introduction to the domestic healthcare system, research and the study of health using a sociological and philosophical approach.

Level 1 – S1 (Diploma)Credit PointsEFTSL
Unit of study code
DLISC1Life Sciences 1120.125
DHUBS1Human Body Systems 1120.125
DSSHSocial Studies of Health120.125
DSARSStudy and Research Skills120.125
Level 1 – S2 (Diploma)Credit PointsEFTSL
Unit of study code
DHUBS2Human Body Systems 2120.125
DLISC2Life Sciences 2120.125
DITHMIntroduction to Human Movement120.125
DBAHCBasic Assessment in Health Care120.125

Level 2 – 5 : Bachelor of Chiropractic (Face to Face)

Unit of studyUnit of
study code
Credit PointsEFTSL
Level 2 – Semester 1 : Immerse yourself in the foundational principles and science on which chiropractic based. Explore the sciences from the perspective of a chiropractor; delve into the history and philosophy of the profession; begin your business and practice planning; and get hands-on as you start the honing process of your practical skills.
Musculo-Skeletal anatomy – Axial1ANAT1120.1
Philosophy of Chiropractic 1- Introduction1PHIL1120.1
Technique Skills Acquisition 1/Biomechanics1TSAC1120.1
Critical Thinking in Health Care1CTHC120.1
Level 2 – Semester 2
Musculo-Skeletal Anatomy 2 – Appendicular1ANAT2120.1
Neuroscience 11NEUR160.05
Systemic Pathology1SYPT1120.1
Philosophy of Chiropractic 21PHIL2120.1
Psychology: Human Behaviour1PSYC160.05
Technique and Skills Acquisition: CMT DIV and UCS1TSAC2120.1
Unit of studyUnit of
study code
Credit PointsEFTSL
Level 3 – Semester 1 : Journey further into the chiropractic sciences as you start to discover the functional aspects of the human. Build on your diagnostic and technical skills and fortify your understanding of chiropractic and professional practice.
Musculo-Skeletal Anatomy 3 – Head and Neck2ANAT360.05
Philosophy of Chiropractic 32PHIL390.075
Assessment and Diagnosis 12ASAD1120.1
Assessment and Diagnosis 22ASAD2120.1
Technique and Skills Acquisition 32TSAC3120.1
Level 3 – Semester 2
Diagnostic Imaging 12IMAG160.05
Technique and Skills Acquisition 42TSAC4180.15
Professional Practice 12PROF190.075
Assessment and Diagnosis 32ASAD3150.125
Assessment and Diagnosis 42ASAD4120.1
Unit of studyUnit of
study code
Credit PointsEFTSL
Level 4 – Semester 1 : Begin the clinical component of your training as you move from theory to practice. Consolidate the scientific knowledge and the technical skills you’ve accumulated as you take your first steps to independent practice when you are welcomed as an intern at the junior and then senior chiropractic hubs.
Lifestyle Health3LIHH120.1
Psychology (Clinical Psychology)3PSYC260.05
Assessment and Diagnosis 53ASAD5120.1
Chiropractic Practice 13CPRA1120.1
Diagnostic Imaging 23IMAG260.05
Technique and Skills Acquisition 53TSAC5120.1
Level 4 – Semester 2
Professional Practice: 2 (Practice Safety and Risk Management)3PROF260.05
Technique and Skills Acquisition 6 (Mastery)3TSAC660.05
Diagnostic Imaging 33IMAG360.05
Special Population Chiropractic: Children3SPCH160.05
Chiropractic Management 13CMAN1120.1
Chiropractic Practice 23CPRA2240.2
Unit of studyUnit of
study code
Credit PointsEFTSL
Level 5 – Semester 1 : Blend the academic with the practitioner in your final year. Learn to care for all ages and populations through the chiropractic centre and outreach placements; be fully engaged with practice life with ACC’s network of chiropractors; cap your studies with your business plan and embark on your next adventure, the life of a chiropractor.
Diagnostic Imaging 44IMAG460.05
Special Population Chiropractic: – Elderly4SPCH260.05
Chiropractic Practice 34CPRA3240.2
Chiropractic Management 24CMAN2120.1
Techniques and Skills Acquisition 74TSAC760.05
Professional Practice 3 (Business Management 1)4PROF560.05
Level 5 – Semester 2
Professional Practice 4 (Business Management 2)4PROF660.05
Business and Ethics4PHIL460.05
Technique and Skills Acquisition 8 (CHIROMAS)4TSAC8120.1
Chiropractic Practice 44CPRAC4360.3

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) / Clinical Placements

Level 4 & 5 Work Integrated Learning (WIL) clinical placements are graduated through a range of diverse clinical sites, as follows:

  • Australian Chiropractic College Chiropractic Hub (ACCCH) – College-based clinic
  • Community Care Spokes (CCS) – local, regional, indigenous
  • Clinical Outreach (CO) – sports clinics & events, clinic abroad 
  • Clinic exchange (CEx) programs – with other chiropractic institutions
  • Private practice Internship clinics (PPI) – with various host chiropractic practices

The importance of this is twofold: to serve a diversity of people and communities and needs, and to produce Graduate Ready Practitioners through a range of challenging and diverse clinical placements that provide real world experiences. The aim is to offer a variety of clinical placements and clinical supervisors and mentors to guide and develop students towards graduate preparedness. 

The College is committed to working closely with industry partners to provide a variety of clinical experience opportunities that will enable its students to further develop and achieve the learning outcomes associated with each of the clinical units. 

Totals across all levels of WIL students will achieveNew Patients: 45
Case Approvals: 45
Patient Visits: 275 Radiography positioning/radiography spinal series: 60 Radiology reports: 60 written with 44 approved

The College is confident that this clinical framework offers students opportunities to experience different clinical settings that provide a variety of patient care that is commensurate with their skills and competencies. Commencing with a more familiar and less complex patient case-mix of peers and near-peers as patients in the Introductory/Junior Student Care Hub, students will learn their skills and competencies in a supportive environment. As they progress to the varied clinical placement settings of Outpatient Hubs and Spokes, Outreach and Private Practice Internship placements, students will encounter more complicated patient cohorts, as expected in the latter stages of the clinical program (end of Semester 2 Level 4, Level 5 Semesters 1 & 2).


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